Starting a new thread as suggested, since my problem is much smaller now.
I'm running a nameserver in one of my labs at work so that I can do DNS/NAT/DHCP for my gear. Everything's working just splendidly other than this one small glitch, and bugger if I can't seem to get it.
If I ping the full hostname, it resolves, for example 'hithere.cotlabnat.mitre.org'. However if I just ping 'hithere', it doesn't resolve at all.
I'm under the impression that the DNS server should be smart enough to handle the hostname-only request, but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong in setting it up.
Here's my resolv.conf:
0.254 is my internal nameserver, the other two are the domain nameservers outside my lab network.
Sorted it out, disregard.